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Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates Reopening of BSC Swimming Pool Following Renovation

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    Wednesday, October 03 2012
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pool celebration Shott Foundation Board members R.W. Wilkinson (left) and John H. Shott (right) flank Dr. Marsha Krotseng, Bluefield State College President, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the BSC swimming pool.  The Shott Foundation provided a substantial gift to help underwrite the cost of a stem-to-stern $425,000 pool renovation.
(Bluefield)—A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the Bluefield State College swimming pool featured a first-hand look at the stem-to-stern $425,000 renovation project. The Hugh I. Shott, Jr. Foundation provided substantial support for the renovations, and Shott Foundation Board members John H. Shott, R.W. Wilkinson, and Frank Wilkinson were on hand to mark the occasion. The pool features a state-of-the-art filtration system, new safety and recreational equipment, and refurbished locker rooms and bleachers.

BSC Director/Campus Activities Joan Buchanan, BSC President Marsha Krotseng, and John Shott spoke during the program, which was followed by a cookout for BSC students and community members.

“We are excited about the recreational opportunities now available at the pool,” noted Louis Belt, BSC Director of Intramurals and Wellness programs. The pool is currently used for intramural competition, including water volleyball, water polo, and water basketball. BSC employees can use the pool for a lap swimming program and for health and wellness activities, and swimming meets with six racing lanes and six new starter blocks. “We have also hosted some pool parties for individuals and community groups,” Belt added.

“The College is very appreciative of the support provided by the Shott Foundation,” Dr. Krotseng added. “The pool is an outstanding resource for the campus and community.”

Individuals and organizations seeking additional information about pool usage, party reservations and fees, or classes are encouraged to contact Louis Belt by email ( or by phone (304-327-4430).